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  • Curt Yagi
    Thanks for sending this out. I was very surprised and excited to get the call on this one. Unexpected funding is always a good thing! By the way, I am always
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      Thanks for sending this out. 


      I was very surprised and excited to get the call on this one.  Unexpected funding is always a good thing!


      By the way, I am always open to anyone feeling the desire to learn more about ROCK.


      Curt Yagi

      Executive Director

      Real Options for City Kids


      (415) 333-4001 ext 1#



      From: Valley_Eye@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Valley_Eye@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Nick Wolff
      Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 4:49 PM
      To: Valley_Eye@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [Valley_Eye] ROCK - Local youth program honored


      Youth Programs in Mission District & Visitacion Valley
      Win First-Ever Rosenberg Awards for Excellence in Youth Service

      Team-Up for Youth™ today named Real Options for Kids (ROCK) in Visitacion
      Valley and Jamestown Community Center in the Mission District of San
      Francisco as the first-ever recipients of the Louise & Claude Rosenberg
      Awards for Excellence in Youth Service. The awards, each of which carries
      a $25,000 grant, will be given to two San Francisco sports-based youth
      development programs by Team-Up for Youth, an Oakland-based agency that
      supports sports programs that help low-income youth thrive.

      ROCK is dedicated to nurturing the positive development and long-term
      success of the youth it serves through a combination of in-school and
      after-school learning enrichment, sports and fitness, leadership training,
      outdoor adventure, and summer camp opportunities. Its programs serve
      girls and boys ages 6 – 17 who live or attend school in Visitacion Valley.

      The Jamestown Community Center provides 500 Mission District kids each
      year with the opportunity to learn, play and grow through a range of
      after-school and summer programs – from art to theater, dance to soccer,
      and youth leadership to academic tutoring. Because of Jamestown, kids in
      this low-income neighborhood have reaped the benefits of participation in
      sports, increasing their emotional, social, and physical health.

      “These two programs have an extraordinary record of creating inspirational
      experiences for disadvantaged youth, invigorating the families they serve
      and enriching their communities,” said Team-Up for Youth Executive
      Director Janet Carter. “Both serve girls as well as boys, and have become
      invaluable pillars of their communities. We are so proud to give the
      Jamestown Community Center and Real Options for Kids the first-ever
      Rosenberg awards, and to support their sustainability through the grants
      it provides.”

      Team-Up for Youth provides coaches to both agencies through its flagship
      Coaching Corps™ program, through which it partners with colleges and
      universities, volunteer centers, and after-school programs to recruit,
      train and place college students and community members in youth sports
      programs. Since 2002, Team-Up for Youth has also provided technical
      expertise, training, and resources to both organizations to sustain their
      programs and encourage growth.

      “We are honored to have been chosen for this award, in particular because
      it recognizes the hard work of our staff members and the value we place on
      providing Mission District kids with a wide range of programs that promote
      their positive and healthy development,” said Jamestown Community Center
      Executive Director Claudia Jasin. “We applaud the Rosenbergs for their
      on-going commitment to San Francisco youth and families, and we are
      grateful to Team-Up for Youth for the many ways it has helped us improve
      our youth development work through sports.”

      “We are delighted that Team-Up for Youth is recognizing Real Options for
      Kids in this way,” said its Executive Director, Curt Yagi. “It is quite
      an honor, especially given the many organizations that are doing
      extraordinary sports-based youth development work in the Bay Area. This
      award will allow us to reach even more youth, which is especially
      important during these tough economic times. The prestige this honor
      brings gives our entire agency a boost. We are tremendously grateful for
      this honor.”

      The Louise and Claude Rosenberg Awards honor the family's longtime
      commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged youth and their
      families in San Francisco. Their support of positive youth development
      programs has provided countless young people with mentors, educational
      opportunities, and safe places to go after school.
      # # # #

      Team-Up for Youth helps to create after-school sports opportunities for
      disadvantaged girls and boys that build their confidence and skills,
      connect them to mentors and improve their prospects in school and in life.
      More information is available at www.teamupforyouth.org.

      Nick Wolff
      Program Manager
      415/585.2338 (desk)
      415/585.2848 (facsimile)

      Visitacion Valley, "The Gateway to San Francisco"

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